8 Reasons Why New Parents Need Certified Expert Help
As a new parent, it’s natural to want to do things yourself – or, perhaps you feel like asking for help is a failure on your part (it isn’t!)
However, seeking advice from breastfeeding experts or sleep training consultants is the quickest way to overcome any challenges you may face with your newborn.
From achieving the right latching technique to getting to grips with different sleep training methods, parenting professionals like the MamaNatal experts are on hand to help you find the best solutions for your family.
You aren’t admitting defeat by using expert help. Rather, you’re ensuring any challenges you may face are easily overcome so you’re both as happy and healthy as possible.
In fact, here’s eight reasons why you might want to ask the experts for help:
5 Ways Breastfeeding Experts Can Help New Parents
Many new moms need breastfeeding support for various reasons.
Some of the most common issues a lactation specialist helps nursing moms solve include:
- Low milk supply: When you’re feeding your baby, you may worry about whether or not you’re producing enough milk. Your baby’s growth and weight are often a good indicator of this. If your baby isn’t meeting growth milestones, a lactation consultant can help you get into the right feeding position and ensure you’re using the right latching method for your baby.
- Sore nipples: While this is a painful experience for many new moms, it’s often easily remedied with the right nursing technique. A lactation specialist can also advise what creams, solutions, and home remedies can help ease sore nipples.
- Breast engorgement: When you first begin breastfeeding, you’ll no doubt feel as though your breasts are tender, large, heavy, and full. However, if they’re particularly painful this may be a sign of breast engorgement – as are flattened nipples, redness, throbbing sensations, and warmth. A supportive bra, cold compresses, massaging techniques, and/or regular breastfeeding may be recommended for possible relief by your breastfeeding expert.
- Baby colic: Often signified by lengthy and prolonged periods of fussing or crying that last more than three hours a day (and three days a week), baby colic can be incredibly stressful for everyone. A lactation consultant can help rule out other potential causes while still calming your baby down. They may suggest trying different nursing or swaddling techniques or show you how to massage your baby to ease possible digestive discomfort.
- Nursing strike: Has your baby suddenly refused your breast? This may indicate that they are teething, have an infection, or your milk supply is reduced. With expert breastfeeding help, you can test whether a different feeding position, expressing your milk, trying both breasts during a single feeding session, or other lactation techniques are the best option for you and your little one.
3 Ways Sleep Training Consultants Can Help New Parents
Sleep deprivation takes its toll on everyone, and there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution that works for all parents. Instead, a unique approach that uses multiple evidence-based sleep science techniques recommended by your sleep trainer may be the best way forward.
Here are the top three ways receiving baby sleep help benefits your family:
1. Establish the best sleep routine for your baby
Experts recommend that you begin sleep training at around four to six months old. A dedicated sleep consultant can not only suggest when it’s best to begin sleep training your infant, but can also help you create a bedtime routine that works for everyone. For example, some babies adapt quickly while others may fight sleep and struggle to stick to a specific routine.
2. Find the right sleep training method
There’s a wide range of sleep training techniques available, and not all of them will work for you. Some parents find the Cry-It-Out (CIO) method – leaving your baby to cry themself to sleep – is the most efficient, while others may struggle with this and prefer a gentler approach, such as the Ferber method. The Ferber method works much like the CIO technique, but is a slightly more hands-on approach in which you help soothe your baby at longer and longer intervals.
3. Adjust to separation anxiety with minimal fuss
One of the main hurdles you may need to overcome when sleep training your infant is separation anxiety. Here, even the Ferber method may not be the right solution for you. Instead, helping your baby to self-soothe when they’re struggling to do this on their own may be the best way for you all to enjoy a good night’s sleep. Sleep experts can help you do this while still ensuring your baby gets used to soothing themself to sleep.
Certified Experts Help New Parents Find Solutions
Remember: online articles, expert baby books, and other parents you follow on social media may make things look easy, but most new parents face breastfeeding challenges and sleeping difficulties.
Seeking help from a sleep training consultant or breastfeeding expert will lead you to the right solution for your family.